Monday, August 2, 2010

CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE DISASTER Originally shared Monday, February 1, 2010 at 1:04pm

Map of South Dakota with Cheyenne River Indian...Image via Wikipedia

South Dakota is undergoing another winter disaster, the second year in a row. Reservations in the state have been locked down without utilities, water, and food since the 20th of December, when Cheyenne River Tribal Chairman Joe Brings Plenty declared disaster conditions. Last year, President Bush declared an emergency and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) was brought in to the reservations to provide relief. So far for this disaster, the president has not declared an emergency.
South Dakota governor Mike Rounds declared an emergency for the expected storm of February 3rd. Meanwhile, no state aid has been available. Water systems have been knocked out, which have affected reservation and small towns nearby, all over the northern part of the state.
Cheyenne River's northern neighbor, Standing Rock, which straddles South and North Dakota,has had disaster conditions prevailing as well, placing sick individuals, the very young and the very old at greater risk of dying. Some deaths have been reported.
To date the Navajo Nation has sent crews to right the several thousand downed utility poles on Cheyenne River, a reservation the size of the state of Connecticut, The Wal-Mart chain has sent food, water, and some other supplies. But more than this is needed. When the Christmas 2009 storm is coupled with the expected second freeze and snow to come next Wednesday, the magnitude of the disaster will be doubled many times over.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) is in midst of an emergency disaster that could potentially last for another 10 - 27 more days. They have been out of Power and Water since Thursday (Jan. 21st). They are in need of many supplies and volunteer efforts.

They relocated all the Dialysis Patients to Rapid City and Pine Ridge. They are staying in Hotels. Some of the Tribal Members have relocated to surrounding Cities and are staying in Hotels.

Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place is collecting donations to send to CRST. If you would like to donate supplies, please drop them off at 709 West Fort Chouteau Road, Fort Pierre, (Along North Highway 1806 - where the Big Tipis are). Or call (605) 223-9099 or email:

If you would like to send a monetary donation to help the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Send Checks and Money Orders to:

State Bank of Eagle Butte
PO Box 10
Eagle Butte, SD 57625

Pay to the order of: CRST 2010 Disaster
Memo: Acct. # 103173

OR *****************************************

Wiring Instructions:

United Bankers Bank, Bloomington, Minnesota
ABA Routing Number: 091001322
State Bank of Eagle Butte # 2503373
Final Credit: "CRST 2010 Disaster"
Then reference sender.

Anpetu Waste Yuha Po!

We are too far spread across the globe. We can't even help our Native American Reservations. End the Foreign Occupations, and start helping people HERE. Haven't we done enough harm to the First People? We can at least help them. 

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